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AU Arts Spring Schedule

Welcome to the 2016 spring arts season at American University. 

AU continues its year-long 10th anniversary celebration of the Katzen Arts Center with the following programs, showcasing the talents of its students, faculty, and esteemed guest artists.  

Tickets can be purchased at 202-885-ARTS or on the AU arts website, american.edu/auarts.

 

Art History Lecture: Artemisia Gentileschi, pittrice famosa: New Directions in Artemisia Scholarship
by Dr. Jesse Locker, Portland State University
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 4:00-6:30 p.m.
CAA conference attendees and the public are invited to attend this lecture on Artemisia Gentileschi at American University on February 3, 2016, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., shortly before the CAA Reception at the American University Museum in the Katzen Art Center which starts at 7 p.m. in the same building. The lecture is open to the public (not sponsored by CAA).

Dr. Locker is an Associate Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art History. He holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University with specialization in the art of the 16th and 17th centuries in Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands. His recently published book, Artemisia Gentileschi. The Language of Painting, (Yale University Press, 2015), provides a revolutionary look at Artemisia’s later career, refuting longstanding assumptions about the artist. The fact that she was semi-illiterate has erroneously led scholars to assume a lack of literary and cultural education on her part. Stressing the importance of orality in Baroque culture and in Artemisia’s paintings, Locker argues for her important place in the cultural dialogue of the seventeenth century.

 

The Alumni Music Ensemble 
Thursday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall
Presenting:
Carley DeFranco, soprano
Katherine Riddle, soprano
Nancy Jo Snider, special guest artist, violoncello
Andrew Welch, piano
Performing Maury Yeston's "December Songs," the world premiere of Matthew Heap's "Four Shakespeare Songs," and more. Free admission and parking.

 

College Art Association’s Annual Regional Exhibition: RBTL
Opening Reception: Friday, February 5, 6-9 p.m.
Exhibition runs Feb. 3-Mar. 5.
American University is please to host 2016 College Art Association’s MFA Annual Regional Exhibition. The exhibition, called RBTL, will coincide with the 104th Annual Conference and will be hosted at the Katzen Art Center, American University. RBTL (Read Between The Lines) includes artwork from MFA/MA candidates currently enrolled at universities in DC, DE, MD, VA, NJ, and PA. The distinguished jurors are Karyn Miller, Acting Executive Director at the Arlington Arts Center and Curlee Raven Holton, Executive Director at the David C. Driskill Center.

The following events will take place during the opening reception on Friday, Feb. 5, 6-9 p.m.
- American University Studio Art Alumni Reception in the Katzen Arts Center, Rotunda Gallery.
- American University MFA Program open studios on the 2nd floor of the Katzen Arts Center.

 

Concerto and Aria Competition
Yaniv Dinur, director
Saturday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 7, 3 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall
The AU Symphony Orchestra hosts the annual Concerto and Aria Competition, open to all AU undergraduate students. Held in two rounds, the competition is a celebration demonstrating AU’s talented students. The winner will perform as soloist with the AU Symphony Orchestra in a public concert. Free and open to the public. 

 

Big Love
By Charles L. Mee
Directed by Isaiah M. Wooden
Thursday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 12, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2 and 8 p.m.
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre
Just what is love? This question takes center stage in Charles Mee’s distinctly modern re-make of Aeschylus’ The Suppliant Women. Fifty Greek brides seek refuge at a villa in Italy after fleeing home on the eve of their arranged marriages to 50 American grooms. When the brothers ambush the sisters by helicopter, mayhem ensues. Exploring themes of gender, marriage, justice, rights, and power and offering bold meditations on life, loss, and, yes, love, this highly theatrical drama brims with wit, music, and a keen sense of humanity. Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 students, seniors, and AU community.

 

Alan Mandel Birthday Concert
Alan Mandel, piano
Jonathan Baumgarten, flute
Friday, Feb. 12, 8 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall
Featuring the works of Alan Mandel faculty emeritus, pianist, and composer. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 AU community and seniors, $5 students.

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Directed by Jessica Hansen
Thursday, Feb. 18, 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 19, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2 and 8 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center, Studio Theatre
Set in the Prohibition era, AU’s Theatre Program presents Lean & Hungry Theater’s adaptation of this Shakespeare classic with characters as gangsters and molls. The story of beguiled young lovers, vengeful mobster kingpins, and slapstick laborers culminates with the hilarious "play-within-a-play" climax. Production includes live sound effects and original music to create this contemporary interpretation. Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 students, seniors, and AU community.

 

Save by the Path of Night
American University Chorus and Chamber Singers
Casey Cook and Daniel Abraham, conductors
Saturday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 21, 3 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall
Join us for an auditory journey from night into day as darkness and moonlight give way to the new dawn and rebirth. The joint forces of the AU Choral Program present a program featuring music by Eric Whitacre, Josef Rheinberger, Daniel Edler, and Ola Gjeilo’s stunning Sunrise Mass. Tickets: $10 regular admission, $5 students, seniors, and AU community.

 

Arts Management Spring Colloquium
Friday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall
Leading practitioners and theorists address significant issues affecting today’s cultural community. Free and open to the public. 

 

Mainly Mozart
Yaniv Dinur, director
Saturday, Feb. 27, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 28, 3 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall
Featuring two orchestras on the same concert, the AU Chamber and Symphony Orchestras will be joined by music faculty members Teri Lazar and Osman Kivrak in playing Mozart's masterpiece, Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola. Tickets: $10 regular admission, $5 students, seniors, and AU community. 

 

Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium
Sunday, Mar. 6, 9 a.m.
Katzen Arts Center
The Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium (EALS) provides a forum for current students, emerging arts leaders, and working professionals from around the nation to discuss topics shaping the arts world. A day-long event kicking off Arts Advocacy Day, EALS has become a proud tradition for AU’s Arts Management Program. This year's theme, + ART, explores how the arts are integrated into all aspects of our lives. Whether in technology, politics, relationships, social justice, or countless other fields, art plays a major role in transformations happening right now. This year’s keynote speaker is Deborah Rutter, president of the Kennedy Center. Registration is required at http://www.ealsatau.org

 

The Gorenman Russian Project
Saturday, Mar. 19, 8 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall
Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Yuliya Gorenman explores masterpieces of Russian composers. Featuring Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and slideshow of illustrations by Michael Abel. Tickets: $25 regular admission, $10 AU students.

 

No, No, Nanette
Book by Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel, music by Vincent Youmans, lyrics by Irving Caesar and Otto Harbach, adapted and directed by Burt Shevelove, directed by Karl Kippola, musical directed by Brandon Adams
Thursday, Mar. 24, 8 p.m.
Friday, Mar. 25, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 26, 2 and 8 p.m.
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre
A young, fun-loving Manhattan heiress naughtily runs off for a weekend in Atlantic City—love, laughter, lies, blackmail, and tap dancing ensues. This 1925 musical comedy features classic tunes "Tea for Two" and "I Want to Be Happy." Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 students, seniors, and AU community. 

 

AU Design Show
March 28 - April 7
Opening Reception: Tuesday, Mar. 29, 5 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center, Rotunda Gallery
The AU Design Show is an exhibition of selected student design work. Come out and support the next generation of leaders in graphic design. Free and open to the public. 

 

Spring Swing
Joshua Bayer, director
Friday, Apr. 1, 8 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall
Swing into spring! The AU Jazz Orchestra and guests will play some swingin’ big band jazz. Tickets: $10 regular admission, $5 students, seniors, and AU community. 

 

The Terezín Project
April 7-10
This multi-day collaboration between the American University Chamber Singers and the Choral Arts Society of Washington explores music and art created at the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Through performance, discussion, and reflection, the arts explore the meaning and contemporary understanding of the “Model Camp.”

 

Art In Captivity: Today’s Relevance Of Art At Terezín
Thursday, Apr. 7, 5:30 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall
Explore what can be learned from art created at the Theresienstadt concentration camp through a panel discussion with AU faculty, musicians, scholars, and other guests. How does this artwork relate to the present day? Audience members will be invited to participate. Following the event, join us for a reception sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences. Free admission.  

 

Art When All Is Lost
Thursday, Apr. 7, 8 p.m. at Katzen Arts Center
Sunday, April 10, 3 p.m. at Kay Spiritual Life Center
The AU Chamber Singers perform rarely heard works and traditional Jewish song arrangements by Gideon Klein and Viktor Ullmann. The AU string faculty will perform chamber works by Pavel Haas, Hans Krása, and Ullmann. The program concludes with the stirring contemporary cantata Songs of Children—a setting of a Terezín poem by American composer Robert Convery for chorus, piano, and string trio. Tickets: $10 regular admission, $5 students, seniors, and AU community. 

 

Reflection & Reconciliation
Saturday, April 9, 8 p.m.
Kay Spiritual Life Center
The Choral Arts Chamber Singers perform The Ethics for violin, chorus, percussion, and piano, by violinist/composer Ittai Shapira, and other chamber works. The AU Chamber Singers perform Songs of Children—a setting of a Terezín poem by American composer Robert Convery for chorus, piano, and string trio. Tickets: $10 students, $20 general admission.

 

Spring Dance Concert: Style and Pattern
April 8–9, 8 p.m.
Melanie George, artistic director
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre
Our annual main stage concert presents fresh and seasoned perspectives on modern and jazz dance performed by AU dance students. The concert features new works by guest artists, and AU faculty, and students. Join us for post-concert discussion with the choreographers on Friday, April 8. Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 students, seniors, and AU community. 

 

Russkii Prazdnik (Russian Celebration)
Yaniv Dinur and Casey Cook, conductors
Saturday, Apr. 16, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Apr. 17, 3 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall
Collaborating with the Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History, the American University Symphony Orchestra and AU Chorus perform an all-Russian program, featuring masterpieces by Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. Tickets: $10 regular admission, $5 students, seniors, and AU community.

 

Studio Art Senior Seminar Exhibition
Apr. 18–25 Katzen Arts Center, Rotunda Gallery
The Senior Seminar exhibition displays the capstone projects of undergraduate senior art majors and selected minors. Free and open to the public. 

 

Theatre/Musical Theatre Capstone
Cara Gabriel, artistic director
Thursday, Apr. 21, 8 p.m.
Friday, Apr. 22, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Apr. 23, 2 and 8 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center, Studio Theatre
Graduating theatre and musical theatre students present original dramatic work and songs. This year’s show will be based on Aphra Behn’s Restoration comedy The Rover. Join us for this unique showcase and celebration. Production contains mature themes. Tickets: $15 regular admission, $10 students, seniors, and AU community. 

 

Sonic Explorations
Saturday, Apr. 23, 8 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall
Join the American University Workshop, directed by Noah Getz, as they showcase varied musical styles of unique instrumental combinations. Tickets: $10 regular admission, $5 students, seniors, and AU community.

 

Cinematic Sound
Sunday, Apr. 24, 3 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall
Join the American University Symphonic Band, directed by Ben Sonderman, for an engaging performance that celebrates the music of the screen, both big and small. Tickets: $10 regular admission, $5 students, seniors, and AU community. 

 

Tickets can be purchased at 202-885-ARTS or american.edu/auarts. Information on directions and parking can be found on the College of Arts and Sciences website.